Jeb Bush speaks at Ave Maria University Graduation

Jeb Bush speaks at Ave Maria University Graduation

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED May 5, 2012

AVE MARIA, Fla. - As students filed into the auditorium, they proudly took their seats as the eighth graduating class of Ave Maria University. Governor Jeb Bush was the keynote speaker.

"Being good leads to good things and not following a moral code, leads to bad," said Bush.

He addressed 175 students. With pride, faculty and staff looked on. Hundreds of parents, smiled for this milestone in their kids' lives.

For eight years, Bush served as Florida's governor. His core values lie with building a strong family and the virtues of hard work. He converted to Catholicism 15 years ago and emphasized that God has a plan for every single one of us.

"Get a great quality education," advised Bush. "Learn how to learn. Understand the value of work and help elect elected officials that can create the best climate so that you can have sustained growth."

The ceremony began at 10 a.m. It included speeches by University President James Towey and presenting honorary degrees to former US Treasury Secretary William Simon and Governor Bush. In a secluded press room, Bush shared this parting wisdom.

"Look at work as not a duty or an obligation but something that gives you joy and adds value to the rest of your life," said Bush.

Ave Maria University graduated 176 undergrad and 40 graduate students.